Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that is focused on the restoration and replacement of lost or damaged teeth and oral structures due to natural aging, a congenital defect, or a serious accident. We specialize in providing restorative treatment through dental implants, crowns and bridges, full and partial dentures, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). In addition to restoring lost or damaged teeth, we also take great pride in creating beautiful, natural-looking restorations. Through the use of prosthodontics, patients are able to gain full oral function, along with a beautiful smile, and live a life of confidence!
Why See a Prosthodontist?
After completing four years of dental school, prosthodontists receive an additional three years of advanced training in an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited graduate program. This training, along with countless clinical hours, provides the prosthodontist the ability to treat complex or atypical dental and facial problems, including defective jaw structures and missing teeth. As ADA recognized specialists, prosthodontists stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and procedures in order to provide the proper diagnosis, treatment planning and rehabilitation for their patients.
Some common reasons to see a prosthodontist include:
- Dental Implants
- Porcelain Veneers
- Crowns and Bridges
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Snoring and Sleep Disorders
- Complete or Partial Dentures
- Traumatic Injuries
- Children Born With Missing Teeth or Cleft Palates
- Patients suffering from temporomandibular joint syndrome/disorder (TMD)
- Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures related to oral cancer reconstruction
What kind of technology do prosthodontists use for treating patients?
Prosthodontists utilize digital, 3D X-ray machines for more accurate treatment planning, smile preview software for smile design, soft tissue lasers to treat issues with the hard and soft tissues and teeth, and so much more.
Is a prosthodontist different from a cosmetic dentist?
Yes. While prosthodontists do provide cosmetic dentistry, they also specialize in treating more serious complex cases that involve more than just the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. From replacing missing teeth to restoring severely damaged teeth to treating jaw issues like TMD, they cover a broad range of dental needs.
What dental procedures do prosthodontists perform?
Prosthodontists are experts when it comes to providing dental rehabilitation. They utilize a variety of procedures such as dental implant placement, bone grafting, tooth replacement with crowns, bridges, or dentures, custom oral appliances for sleep disorders, and more to help patients regain a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and fully functioning smile once more.